Fantastic Four: Life Story #3

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Sean Izaakse Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 11, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 19
8.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The real-time story of the Fantastic Four continues!
In a story set in the 1980s, Reed hatches a venture to defend the Earth from Galactus, but will his plans be derailed by the Cold War? Sue and Johnny are invited to speak to the United Nations about saving the world. And a maverick computer genius offers hope to humanity with his new computer company, but is hope all he's offering?
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  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Aug 11, 2021

    We hit the '80s with Fantastic Four: Life Story #3 and Reed Richards is once more trying to sell the coming of Galactus to the US government. Full of era-appropriate fashion, we get the return of another infamous FF villain as well as parallels with our own history too in another engrossing issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 13, 2021

    The story by Mark Russell is fast and yes, even funny at times, but it carries a lot of weight. The art by Sean Izaake is spectacular as well. The whole book is excellent, and I think this will end up being a classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Aug 12, 2021

    It takes near annihilation for the family to get back together and considering the end of this issue, I'm curious to see how they keep it from falling apart. Fantastic Four: Life Story #3 feels like a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end. With that in mind and the passage of time, I'm excited to see where Mark Russell takes this book in the next issue and how Sean Izaakse continues to bring each issue's era to life. Well, I guess we're on to the 90s. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 11, 2021

    As a reflection on both family and country, Fantastic Four: Life Story tells a tale that emphasizes heroic humanity above superpowers"it's about time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Aug 11, 2021

    Fantastic Four: Life Story #3shifts to the '80s and in the process fundamentally changes the dynamic of the titular team. The next issue will finally see Galactus descend on Earth in the '90s, which the entire series has been building toand I hope that the creative team continues to fold real-life events into the Marvel timeline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Aug 16, 2021

    This is a really well done issue that mixes the politics of the 80s with the Fantastic Four. I just wish the Mad Thinker would have stopped talking about his computers that way, that did not work as a dialogue quirk. As for the history, no one on either side of the cold war conflict were particularly smart about it. Reagan was a terrible president that eroded the freedoms of American workers, accelerated wealth inequality, and exasperated many social problems while treating foreign policy like a might makes right game. Meanwhile, Gorbachev was an ineffective leader handed an unsustainable country, which he tried to resolve by implementing a market economy and transparency, neither of which worked well while trying to cover up things like Ch more

  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Aug 11, 2021

    I guess Search For Galactus references were off the table. Pity really, it would've fit well into the growing narrative. But I guess commentary about the 80s is better than nothing. Would including HERBIE be too big of a spoiler in this issue? It does fit well into the relationships Reed has with others and the recognition of his obsessions. I felt really bad Thing was being left out for the most part. I wonder if this means Valeria will make an appearance or not. As for Johnny I really do empathize a lot of what he was saying; I wonder if some of those are Russell's words when it comes to being a teenager in the 80s.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Aug 12, 2021

    It was ok. The middle was kind if a chore but the beginning and end was pretty good. Definitely the weakest so far.

  • 7.5
    Halodystroyer44 Aug 12, 2021

    The story itself is fine, but I was hoping to see some references to the John Byrne run.

  • 7.0
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Aug 11, 2021

    A edição é boa, o sacrifício é lindo e emocionante. Mas se era pro Namor sair dessa como um escroto, era melhor ele nem estar nessa mini. No fim das contas ele é o maior "mulher na geladeira" da Marvel, sempre que quer causar algum drama no casamento da Sue e Reed o use, e depois faça ele dizer ou fazer qualquer coisa idiota.

  • 6.5
    CrazyforRAMU Dec 31, 2021

    The '80s see the FF splinter and drift ever further apart, but they come back together to save the world from a nuclear war. It comes with fatal consequences for one of them. I can see that this tragedy is nicely engineered, yet as with previous installments, the writing just didn't get me invested on an emotional level. Which is where I think you have to be for a big death scene. The art continues to be outstanding, but it's not quite enough to lift this into "good comics" territory for me.

  • 3.0
    Merlyn Aug 11, 2021

    Every time I read a Mark Russell comic I set my expectations very low because I know everything he's written is ideologically-driven and he's also very stupid. But none of those things bother me as much as when he applies historical revisionism to fit his narrative. That is just disgusting. So to the point: yeah, Reagan's Star Wars program was pretty bonkers and it probably wouldn't have worked but it scared the Soviets enough to lose some sleep and, more importantly, money over it. Oddly enough, it contributed to the Soviet Union's fall because in the desperate arms race whatever insane shit one side did, the other would try to follow soon after. Another stupid complaint and a lie is that the pressure from Reagan was a bad thing. It was th more

  • 10
    deen Oct 14, 2021

  • 9.5
    imderekreide Sep 14, 2021

  • 9.5
    Justin Ray Aug 17, 2021

  • 9.0
    tonpas1989 Aug 30, 2021

  • 9.0
    Jason The Dude Aug 18, 2021

  • 9.0
    Julhin Aug 11, 2021

  • 8.5
    Radar Aug 21, 2021

  • 8.5
    ds Aug 12, 2021

  • 8.0
    MaxOfSteel616 May 23, 2022

  • 8.0
    Nikita14 Feb 7, 2022

  • 8.0
    Prodigalson16 Aug 11, 2021

  • 7.5
    _maite14 Aug 17, 2021

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